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SPEED LIMIT GOING UP ON 101 STRETCH : SIGNS THROUGH VALLEY CHANGING TO 65 MPH.



Byline: Chip Jacobs Daily News Staff Writer

Motorists plying the Ventura Freeway The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from Ventura to Pasadena. It is the principal east-west route through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.  through the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 can wave goodbye to the old double-nickel speed limit and drive 65 mph, Caltrans officials announced Thursday.

The speed limit will be raised along the Ventura Freeway from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the Hollywood Freeway junction. It will remain 55 mph from the 170 junction to downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or .

The speed limit also will be raised to 65 mph along the Hollywood Freeway for its entire run through the Valley - Interstate 5 to the 101.

Officials cautioned that the speed limit will remain 55 until new 65 mph signs are posted.

The old 55 mph limit was raised 10 mph in December on 2,800 miles of state freeways, including the San Diego, Golden State and Simi Valley freeways through the Valley.

At the time, however, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol said they needed to continue studying whether to allow motorists to cruise faster on other busy arteries.

Upon completion of the review, they agreed to raise the speed limits to 65 mph on most freeways in Los Angeles and Ventura counties - with just a handful of exceptions, including:

The 101 from Vermont Avenue to the 170 interchange.

The Pasadena Freeway from Pasadena to the four-level interchange in downtown Los Angeles.

The Santa Ana Freeway The Santa Ana Freeway is one of the principal freeways in Southern California, connecting Los Angeles, California and its southeastern suburbs. The freeway begins at the four level Bill Keene Memorial Interchange complex in downtown Los Angeles, signed as U.S. Route 101.  from Rio Hondo to the Long Beach Freeway junction.

Freeways intersecting at the congested con·gest·ed
adj.
Affected with or characterized by congestion.


congested ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion.
 ``Downtown L.A. Loop'' - the Santa Ana, Hollywood, Harbor and Santa Monica freeways.

In other good news for local drivers, the California Department of Transportation The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a government agency in the U.S. state of California. Its mission is to improve mobility across the state. It manages the state highway system and is actively involved with public transportation systems in California.  has opened a new mixed-flow lane on the eastbound Ronald Reagan Freeway from Tampa Avenue to Balboa Boulevard. The westbound lane should debut in June. New car-pool lanes are expected to begin service by summer's end.
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Date:Apr 19, 1996
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